The 5 biggest football stadiums in England


Wembley Stadium

Many consider England to be the home of football as it is here where the beautiful game was invented. But if you ask any Brazilian which country they consider to be the 'home of football', you will likely get a different answer! No country has won more World Cups than Brazil, so it's understandable that their fans consider their own nation to be the most important in the history of the game.

There's no doubt though that England has a rich history when it comes to football, despite only winning the World Cup once. Domestically, England has always had a huge following when it comes to club football and these days the Premier League is the most watched domestic league competition globally.

It stands to reason then, that England would have some of the most impressive and iconic stadiums in world football. There are numerous venues elsewhere that can hold more fans, such as the May Day Stadium in North Korea, which is the largest football ground in the world in terms of overall spectator capacity.

But England has some pretty big football stadiums as well, the majority of which can be found in London...

5. London Stadium - (60,000)

The London Stadium was constructed between 2008 and 2011 for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Known at the time as the Olympic Stadium, it played host to a successful track and field component of the Olympic Games and was then renovated as a multi-purpose arena.

It has also become the home of Premier League football club West Ham United, who play all their home matches at the venue. Due to the renovations, the capacity has dropped from 80,000 for the Olympic Games and concerts to 60,000 for football matches.

4. Emirates Stadium – (60,704)

Emirates Stadium

The Emirates Stadium is the home of Arsenal Football Club who have played matches at this venue since 2006. They made the move from Highbury under the guidance of manager Arsene Wenger who transformed Arsenal during his time at the club.

The stadium has a capacity of 60,704 people and there have been a number of changes over the years to make it 'home' for Arsenal. White seats were placed to create the image of the club cannon and many murals of past and present players have been added to the decoration of the Emirates Stadium both inside and out.

3. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – (62,062)

Spurs faced much ridicule for the delays to the completion of their new stadium but it was worth the wait. The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has a capacity of 62,062 and this makes it currently the second biggest in the Premier League.

The 'Home End' which is located behind one of the goals is a single tier stand and the largest of its kind in the country. It has been designed to create a good atmosphere inside the stadium and was based on a similar stand at the Signal Iduna Stadium, home of Borussia Dortmund.

2. Old Trafford – (74,879)

Old Trafford

Of all the stadia in this list, Old Trafford is the oldest. However, since it was first built in 1910, it has undergone many changes to bring it up to Premier League standard today. The original Old Trafford stadium was damaged during bombing in World War II and required reconstructing.

Fast-forward to the modern day and Old Trafford holds 74,879 people, making it the largest of all Premier League clubs. In addition to Premier League football it has seen international matches, the Super League Grand Final and played host to the Champions League final.

1. Wembley – (90,000)

There's no doubt that Wembley Stadium is one of the most famous football stadiums in the world. The old stadium was demolished between 2002 and 2003 to make way for the stadium that stands proudly today on the original site, which opened in 2007.

The new Wembley and 'old Wembley' collectively have played host to the World Cup final, European Championship final, Champions League final and numerous England internationals.

Today Wembley has a capacity of 90,000 and in addition to England international matches, it regularly hosts NFL games, boxing events and concerts. One of the most impressive features of the current stadium is its moveable roof and arch, which is the longest single-span roof structure in the world.



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